by Fife Cultural Trust Claimed ( Literature, Physical Activity, Activity )
ONFife LIbraries offer Walk ON Sessions across most areas of Fife. By combining walking and reading, those attending have the opportunity to build a reading and a walking habit. Anyone can take part – no matter their age or fitness level. We’ve aimed to change attitudes towards walking by showing the variety of easily accessible walk routes in our communities. By encouraging regular walking and reduced car use, Walk ON is the first step to increasing activity levels and boosting confidence and mental health.
We aim to provide a safe and welcoming space where existing library users and new users are able to meet in a supportive setting. Walk ON promotes our libraries as the heart of their communities; connecting people with the outdoors and each other.
Those attending enjoy all the benefits of joining fellow walkers on a short fortnightly walk, led by trained walk leaders, followed by an informal chat about books over a cup of tea. While walk leaders will guide you through the local paths library staff will be on hand to introduce you to a selection of different authors and books.
The groups are informal, friendly and supportive and the social benefits of being part of a group are as important as physical activity and reading. People who report finding it difficult to join social groups tell us they feel comfortable coming to Walk ON sessions.
All sessions are free to attend and the format means everyone can participate.
Walks progress at the pace of the least able walker and since some group members use mobility aids, it’s important each walking route is planned to make sure they are accessible.
The book chat is based on a very informal reading group session, without anyone needing to commit to reading anything beforehand. We cater for a range of reading abilities and interests, including audiobooks as well as traditional formats to ensure everyone can take part. Each session is themed and usually involves an activity like a quiz to encourage people to join in.
Last updated 15 May 2019, 9:28 a.m.
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